Business and jobs
Protecting the environment, protecting jobs
The Lower Duwamish industrial area is a regional economic engine with more than 100,000 jobs and an annual economic output of $13.5 billion. Eight percent of King County’s jobs are located in the Lower Duwamish, along with one-quarter of all jobs associated with manufacturing, transportation and warehousing. The jobs generally pay above-average wages without requiring advanced education, making economic opportunity widely accessible.
Jobs in the Lower Duwamish depend on the area’s unique transportation and infrastructure framework that allows ready access to a major port, rail lines and airports. King County’s economic health depends on its ability to keep goods, services and people moving through this vital maritime port and transportation hub.
When it comes to quality of life, environmental health and the economy are intertwined. Businesses are required to comply with strict environmental laws to keep our air and water clean so we can protect the natural resources our region is known for. Many businesses in the Duwamish corridor including manufacturing, shipping, and industrial plants are finding ways to reduce pollution, complete low impact development projects and increase wildlife habitat.
A healthy environment supports a quality of life that attracts people, business and investment to our region.
The business community in the Duwamish River basin is an important and valued partner. The cleanup provides an opportunity to improve safety for workers, attract new businesses, and support economic growth
Postcard: How will the Duwamish Environmental Cleanup impact me? , July 2012
Protecting the Duwamish Waterway is good business. You can help keep the Waterway clean , March 2009
Source control in Lower Duwamish cleanup. Keeping pollution out of the Lower Duwamish has been a regional priority for nearly 50 years , May 2011
The Economics of Cleaning up the Lower Duwamish , January 2011
Brownfields Program -- Assistance for contaminated property cleanup.
WaterWorks Grants -- grant funding is available for organizations to conduct projects that create a benefit to or improvement of water quality within the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD)'s service area and benefit its ratepayers; and demonstrate that water quality benefits are related to WTD’s regional water quality responsibilities.
For more information
For more information about the Duwamish environmental cleanup process, please contact Caryn Sengupta.